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Curriculum Vitae

Jo Van Steenbergen is professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). He teaches history and culture of the pre-modern Islamic world, with a particular focus on the Islamic middle period (ca. 1000-1500), on Egypt and Syria, on the practices, discourses and structures of power elites in the Cairo sultanate (ca. 1200-1517), and on the deconstruction of grand narratives in Mamluk/Islamic history.


Academic career


Jo Van Steenbergen (° 1975) was a student of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the KULeuven (Belgium) where he obtained his Ma and his PhD (on a PhD-dissertation entitled ‘The amirs and the Mamluk army (741-784 AH/1341-1382 CE). A military milieu and its socio-political discourse’ [November 2003, 2 vols., 1078 pages]). He was a research assistant of the Research Foundation-Flanders (Belgium) and a research fellow of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (Egypt). In 2004 he was appointed lecturer (assistant professor) at the University of St Andrews (UK), in the School of History's departments of Mediaeval History and Middle Eastern Studies. Since early 2007, he is at Ghent University (Belgium), first as a tenured lecturer (assistant professor) and research senior lecturer (associate professor) of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and since 2012 as a research professor (full professor / hoogleraar). At Ghent university, he participates in the teaching of Islamic history and world history, in the Oriental Languages and Cultures (Arabic and Islamic Studies) and in the History programmes.


Since 2011, Jo Van Steenbergen is the general editor of the international peer-reviewed journal al-Masāq: the Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean (Routledge, Taylor&Francis), a publication of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean ( He is a member of the Programming Committee of the annual International Medieval Congress (Leeds, UK), and a member of the editorial board of the series Mamluk Studies (Bonn UP). At Ghent University, Jo Van Steenbergen is a member of the executive committee of the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies (, he is an active participant in the Ghent Centre for Global Studies (, and he is affiliated with the Centre for Turkish Studies (


Jo Van Steenbergen has been a visiting lecturer at the British Museum and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). In 2008, he was “maître de conférence invité’ at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris), and in 2009, he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia (UKM) (Bangi Selangor, Malaysia). In 2009, Jo Van Steenbergen was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant, for a research project (2009-14) on the political history of 15th-century Egypt and Syria (‘The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate. Political Traditions and State Formation in 15th-century Egypt and Syria’) ( During his 2014-15 research sabbatical from Ghent University, he is happy to be able to participate in the workings of the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517), as a senior fellow.